Re: [NTLK] Consider buy a newton

From: RedJazz <>
Date: Mon Oct 13 2008 - 12:15:09 EDT

Depends on what you want to do:

MessagePad 100/OMP: Buy this one if you only need to jot down a note and fax it, and keep a calendar or a to-do list, or to calculate some numbers.
MessagePad 110: Same as above, but with more memory and better batteries and a screen cover that will protect your screen. More applications (mostly business) were made for the 110 than the 100.
MessagePad 120 w/1.3: Same as above, but with even more memory, a clearer screen, and a PCMCIA slot that supports cards that require more power. Also, the OS can be upgraded to 2.0. Buy this one if you are sure you are going to install more than two or three applications.
MessagePad 120 w/2.0: Same as above, however with OS 2.0. This brings the possibilities to do electronic mail, receive fax, browse the web, and not much more. The 2.0 OS however loses the capability to synchronize with the NCK software, which is more powerful and easier to use than NCU. Lost is however the capability to synchronize easily as with 1.x.
MessagePad 130: Same as MP120/2.0, but runs faster and has a backlight.
MessagePad 2000: Same as MP130, but has an extra PCMCIA slot, and a bigger and better screen. Unfortunately more prone to jaggies. The MP2000 can use wireless internet, Ethernet, and has a microphone, all because it is for some reason more widely used and the other Newtons are underestimated. The batteries for the MP2000 are more tricky to rebuild than their MP1x0 cousins. Generally everyone will reccomend this one, however they are expensive.
MessagePad 2100: Same as MP2000, but with more memory.
eMate 300: Same as MP2x00, with a bigger screen and a built in keyboard. Unfortunately has a slower processor. Its batteries are tricky to replace, and has the hinge-punctures-the-ribbon-cable problem. Buy an eMate if you do a lot of typing or if you have messy handwriting.
My point is, don't buy a MP2000 just because everyone has it. Study your needs and then decide. Also keep in mind that 1.x Newtons (OMP, 100, 110, 120/1.3) are generally cheaper, more common, and easier to use. However, more and more software is/was developed only (sadly) for 2.x systems (120/2.0, 130, 2000, 2100, eMate). 1.x systems also have an easier to use synchronization program that doesn't force you to use software nobody else does and can exchange data with more applications (RTF, Word, Excel...). Also, NCK supports synchronization with third-party applications and not only with those from Apple. Don't listen just to 2.x advocates, 1.x systems have their strong points too.
Matej Horvat
A MP120/1.3 user
> I have a simple question. If I can only buy one newton
> which model should it be?
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